There is a misconception that when addiction recovery treatment is completed, all problems are solved. That’s never the case. After addiction treatment is when the real work starts, it’s when an individual needs to take what they learned and apply it everyday.
Recovery is a show-me proof. Because lying and manipulating are common during addiction, others around an addict know their words and promises hold no weight. Now that treatment is complete, it’s time to show up, be accountable, and most importantly - follow through.
Managing sobriety for the first 30 days is a great start to the exciting journey of recovery. Here are a few recommendations to help keep you on track:
Choose your friends wisely
Accept your mistakes
Take one day at a time
Build a career path
Increase sober support
Fill in gaps in your schedule
Take care of yourself
Many people experience relapses because they didn’t use skills and support systems they learned while in treatment. Relapse can happen in 2 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, or even 20 years - that’s why it’s best for an individual in recovery to attend AA or Smart Recovery meetings right away, so they have a support system if they need it and know they are not all on their own.
If you or a loved one are struggling with relapse or need help for an addiction or alcohol problem, call us at: (630) 402-0144.